October 4, 2010

WE STILL HAVE A FEW INVITES LEFT FOR THE BOX:

Hit men: 24 director and David Morrissey team up for new crime show Thorne (Liz Hoggard, 04.10.10, Evening Standard)

Critics are calling it the most eagerly awaited TV show of the season. A stylish three-part police drama, Sleepyhead is an adaptation of Mark Billingham's culty, London-set first novel.

The product of a love affair between David Morrissey, who plays Detective Inspector Tom Thorne, Billingham, who set up the production company to make the series with Morrissey, and Stephen Hopkins, the director of real-time thriller, 24, Sleepyhead has all the ingredients of an instant hit.

Already comparisons are being drawn with The Wire, Wallander and Prime Suspect, shows famed for their gritty ultra-realism and psychological complexity. Yet the project came about almost by accident.

While working on a film in New Zealand in 2006 a bored David Morrissey raided the local bookshops and discovered Mark Billingham's Thorne books. He became fascinated by Billingham — a British stand-up comedian turned best-selling crime writer. “I adored the dark, adult humour and strong sense of justice. I Googled him and on his blog I read an interview where he said that if ever the books were filmed, he wanted me to play Thorne. So I thought: Oh, OK'.”

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Posted by Orrin Judd at October 4, 2010 6:30 AM
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